THCAS Excels 2019

Dr. Thomson Shields, Margaret Rogers, Mayee Zhu, Garrett Yarbrough, Quadir Holmes, and Dr. Lida Cope. (Photo Courtesy of Rob Taylor)

First-semester students at ECU who earned Honor Roll or higher were honored at the THCAS ECU Excels reception held on February 15th in the New Student Center. Twenty three BA English and BS English Education/English majors were invited to THCAS Excels. English majors Mayee Zhu, Quadir Holmes,​ Margaret Rogers, and their families attended the event.

Garrett Yarbrough, a BA English/History senior, EC Scholar, and one of the leaders on the Dean’s Student Council, spoke during the ceremony.

Congratulations to all the students and Go English!

PhD Candidate Kruschek Publishes Article

PhD Candidate Gina Kruschek’s article “Stigma in the Comments Section: Feminist and Anti-Feminist Discussions Online” has been accepted for publication in Computers and Composition. C&C is an international journal devoted to exploring the use of computers in writing classes, writing programs, and writing research; it has a 43.8% acceptance rate.

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Congratulations — PhD student Alicia Hatcher

Congratulations to PhD student Alicia Hatcher, who has been awarded the 2018 CPTSC/Bedford St. Martin’s Diversity Scholarship Award. She will receive $750 to assist her with expenses associated with attending and presenting at this year’s Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) conference. She will be recognized at the annual conference reception on October 4 in Minneapolis, MN.

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Congratulations ECU Graduates!!

Congratulations ECU English Class of 2018!

A special shout out to the department’s Outstanding Graduating Students:

Undergrad: Victoria Ann Dudley, with honorable mentions going to  Madeline Ann Daniel and Paige A. Vaughan.


Master’s: Omar Sutherland, with honorable mentions going to Cameron Green and Kelsey Burroughs.


As we wrap up the semester, we would like to wish all of our: graduates, current students, and faculty, a restful and happy summer!


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English Department

Congratulations Constance Haywood!

Congratulations to ECU MA alumna and current teaching instructor Constance Haywood, who accepted an offer of admission to Michigan State’s Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures (WRAC) doctoral program. Additionally, she has been selected to receive the College of Arts and Letters Scholars Award (also known as the CAL Scholars Award). This award is given to graduate applicants with outstanding records of academic performance “with the goal of preparing transformative scholars with leadership potential in all areas of the higher education mission (scholarship, teaching, outreach, and community engagement).”

Constance will be moving to Michigan in August; please wish her well before she leaves us for her new adventure.

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Recent Student Awards! Congratulations to: Temptaous Mckoy, Cecilia (Ceci) Shelton, and Shane Combs

Many English students at ECU are dedicated and hardworking helping make the ECU English Department what it is today.  Below are three such students, whose recent awards, hard work, and accomplishments we would like to recognize!

Congratulations to PhD student Temptaous Mckoy, who has received one of four recipients of the 2018 Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship from the Conference on College Composition & Communication (CCCC). (Temptaous also received a Scholars for the Dream Award from this same organization, as did Ceci Shelton.) The scholarship, which recognizes the scholarly contribution of graduate student presenters at the conference, will help to fund Temptaous’ travel to the 2018 conference in Kansas City in March, where she will give a presentation entitled “Diversifying Graduate Programs through Recruitment Initiatives ‘On the Ground’ at HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions.” This is the second year in a row that  PhD student has won a Chairs’ Memorial Scholarship, since Janine Butler received the award last year.

Congratulations to English PhD students Cecilia (Ceci) Shelton and Temptaous McKoy, who have both received “Scholars for the Dream” Awards to attend the national Conference on College Composition and Communication, March 14-17 in Kansas City, MO.  In honor of their achievements, their names will be printed in a special announcement in the convention program and their sessions will be identified in that program as including a presentation from a “Dream Scholar.”  Additionally, they will be introduced and receive their awards at the opening general session of the conference.

Our former MA student, Shane Combs (2015), who is now an English Studies PhD student at Illinois State, won the Outstanding University Teaching Award in the Graduate Student Teaching category, Level 1, Doctoral for Illinois State University. It is given once-yearly and is a university wide award.


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ECU English faculty, graduate students, and alumni present at 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference

Twelve members from the Department of English at ECU presented their research, shared their expertise, and participated in collaborative/interactive workshops at the 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference held October 4-8, at the University of Dayton. The conference theme, “Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions,” asked participants to “bridge feminist rhetorics with feminist activism and advocacy to bring about social change.” The conference was sponsored by the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC).

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Sharer was featured as the first of twenty profiles in honor of the 20th anniversary of FemRhet!

Dr. Wendy Sharer facilitated a collaborative/interactive session, “Opening the Scholarly Conversation: Feminist Publishing Practices,” and presented “We Have Always Been Stronger Together: Rethinking Anthologizing Practices in the History of Rhetoric.” She participated on a panel “Creating a Safer C’s: Developing Action Plans for the CCCC 2018 Task Force.” Dr. Sharer also serves as Member-at-Large of the CFSHRC Executive Board. Drs. Erin Frost and Michelle Eble served as Small Group Facilitators at the Seminar, “Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Politicizing Posthumanisms, Rhetoricizing New Materialisms.”

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Cox, McKoy, Shelton, & Gardner presenting at FemRhet 2017.

Friday afternoon’s ECU panel, “Intersectional (Black, Political, and Professional) Bodies: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Social Justice in the 21st Century,” featured English alumnus and teaching instructor, Joshua Gardner‘s, “Reading the Woman: Power, Gender, and Embodiment in the 2016 Presidential Election;” third-year PhD students, Cecilia Shelton’s “Why Should I Believe You?: #BlackLivesMatter Building Ethos as a Movement on the Margins” and Temptaous McKoy’s “Black Thighs Matter; Rhetorical Concepts of Taste and Black Bodies;” and Dr. Matthew Cox’s “Intersectional Bodies: Workplaces as Queered, Feminist, & Rhetorical.” Several in attendance remarked that this was one of the finest panels of the conference.

Other sessions featured Carleigh (DeAngelis) Davis, fourth-year PhD student, who presented “Dialogic Collaboration in Coded Interactions: Cultivating Feminist Values and Practices in Digital Spaces” and third-year PhD student, Ruby Nancy, who presented “Be Like Alice: Multi-Genre Writing as an Intersectional Feminist Rhetorical Strategy for Amplifying Activism,” who also served as one of the social media curators for the conference.

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Davis presenting at FemRhet 2017.

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Nancy presenting at FemRhet 2017.











On Saturday, Dr. Michelle Eble facilitated a Mentoring Feminist Scholars’ session on “Publishing an Edited Collection: A Feminist, Process Approach.”

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Rhetorica, the ECU University Writing Center’s mascot, on a slide in Dr. Caswell’s presentation.

Drs. Will Banks, Nicole Caswell, and Stephanie West-Puckett (ECU PhD alumna and faculty at University of Rhode Island) delivered the second ECU panel “Failing Sideways: Toward a Queer Methodology for Writing Assessment.”




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Frost presenting at FemRhet 2017.



One of the final collaborative/interactive sessions of the conference featured Dr. Erin Frost, who presented “Using Feminist Methodologies to Build Healthcare Partnerships.”

All of the sessions generated questions and discussions and often continued after the sessions were over. ECU faculty, students, and alums clearly made a lasting impression on the conference as several conference attendees remarked at the important work related to social justice being done in the Department of English at ECU. Congratulations to all!

English grad student participates in prestigious Washington, D.C. workshop

East Carolina University English graduate student Sarah McKeever was one of only 12 students nationwide selected to participate in a highly-competitive workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

The library is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and one of the nation’s premier research libraries for Renaissance history, literature and culture.

“I felt incredibly lucky to receive this opportunity, which is a dream come true,” said McKeever.

Marianne Montgomery, chair of the Department of English, was thrilled that McKeever was selected to participate in the workshop held June 26-30.

“Sarah was among peers who share her passion for Renaissance literature and had the opportunity to study with top visiting faculty from around the nation,” said Montgomery. “We are proud of Sarah and know that she represented ECU well.”

While at the library, McKeever and other scholars worked in small teams to digitally encode and format early modern dramas not yet included in the digital archives. The authors of the dramas are contemporaries of Shakespeare and their digital presence will supplement the current collection at the library.

“I have been in awe of the Folger Library’s rare collection for as long as I can remember and was excited to step foot within its hallowed walls,” said McKeever. “It was exciting to work directly with the rare manuscripts in the vault’s reading rooms.”

The workshop complemented McKeever’s interests and immersions at ECU. For three years, McKeever has served as an editorial assistant to English professor Dr. Jeffrey Johnson on the John Donne Variorum project, a multi-volume digital anthology of John Donne’s poetry.

“Sarah is an imaginative and insightful thinker, one whose intellectual curiosity and intellectual humility are the hallmarks for why she is such an accomplished student, as well as a promising scholar,” said Johnson.

This fall, McKeever will begin work on a master’s degree in English and intends to focus even more on Renaissance literature.

“ECU has an incredibly stellar Renaissance literature program and faculty, and ECU has been the most fortuitous place that I could have begun my path in early modern literary studies,” said McKeever.

“Familiarity with the treasure-trove of Folger resources will enhance my research in graduate school and greatly inform my interpretations,” said McKeever.

After completing her master’s degree, McKeever wants to pursue a doctoral program. She plans to dedicate her scholastic life to early modern studies and hopes to never cease learning – and perhaps teaching – about its literary works. In addition, she finds digital technology an exciting supplement to literary texts.

“I am very enthusiastic about the development of digital anthologies; their creation being at the forefront of literary innovation today,” said McKeever. “Access to these materials will benefit future scholars in the same ways that they have been beneficial for me.”

For additional information about the Folger workshop, visit,_Tools,_and_Texts_(workshop).


-by Lacey Gray, University Communication

See original article here

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ENED/ENGL major Glenesha Berryman is featured on ECU Pirate Profile!

ENED/ENGL major and Great Books minor Glenesha Berryman was recently featured in an ECU Pirate Profile. She mentions Professor Helena Feder:

“Professor who influenced you the most: Dr. Feder because she introduced me to literary theory, which has given me a solid foundation for critically thinking about the education work I want to do in the future.”

Glenesha also works in the University Writing Center.

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